Dad's Favorite Cream Ale

Dad's Favorite Cream Ale is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 76.
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Give Dad a big frosty reward for all his hard work! Evenly balanced, pale and light bodied, this classic Cream Ale is just what he needs to extinguish that powerful thirst after working up a serious sweat out in the yard.

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    What You Get

    1 American Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Pale

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1/2 Cup Honey

    For Fans Of

    Boddington's Brewery Pub Ale

    Genesee Brewing Genesee Cream Ale

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.048

    Final Gravity: 1.0110

    ABV: 5.1%

    SRM: (Color): 4

    IBU: (Bitterness): 17

    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, mix in the 1/2 cup of honey and bring the mixture to a boil then remove from heat.

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    4. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    7. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 4 out of 5 by paulo269 from Smooth And Delicious Brewed 11/10/15. Bottled 11/24/15. First Tasted 12/10/15 I'll start out honest, when I first tasted this it was not what I was expecting and I wasn't that crazy about it. I guess it goes back to the best advice I can give anyone on Mr. Beer brewing, Show Some Patience, And Be Rewarded. I like to give each beer at least an additional week added on to the maximum suggested conditioning time. After my first taste test I let it sit another week and it was much better. I brought a six pack to some Christmas parties and got compliments even from some of my more non-beer drinker friends. Smooth finish, good mouthfeel, a better alternative to macro-brews.
    Date published: 2016-01-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by KingKong from Good warm weather beer... Fermented this for two weeks, bottle primed for three (this one was slow to carbonate for some reason) and lagered for another two. Take this for what it's worth, but of all the recipes I've tried, this one is probably the closest to a commercial macro lager, yet better. It's smooth tasting, pale and light--especially with some lagering time--which is what a cream ale should be. I opened a bottle today, but I think I'll wait until summer to drink the rest of them, because it would be a good thirst quencher or lawnmower beer for a hot day. Nothing too interesting or complex about this one, but brew it if you just want something straight forward and refreshing.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by John3 from Fantastic beer! This was my 2nd beer I’ve made with mr beer. I have made a total of 5 different beers and so far this one has been my favorite! But I did make a few modifications to mine. I used a vanilla bean infused honey and also added some vanilla extract during fermentation. I was hoping to get a “vanilla cream ale” the vanilla flavor ended up being a little light, but still noticeable. With this beer, you can definitely smell and taste the honey. Which I really enjoyed! This is a beer that does much better with time. I had my first one after 3 weeks of conditioning and it was really good. But I put them away for a month and a half, came back and they were so much better!
    Date published: 2020-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Ottomic from Late bloomer Recently finished the last bottle from a purchase a year ago. Right after conditioning, no bueno. Was drinkable, but thoroughly unimpressed. Figured I'd just drink on the other brew instead and have this as something that will "just do the trick" when wanting a buzz. Came back a month or two later and wow. It really matured into something quite tasty. I would let this one sit for a bit after pouring and the flavors burst right out. Certainly use GOOD LOCAL HONEY. Not the uniform junk at the store. It will be worth every penny in something like this!
    Date published: 2016-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Chuck Roberts from Light honey flavor with good malty top. My first Mr. Beer batch. Easy to make and even easier to drink. Hard to wait. I did the 3 week ferment, 3 week carbonate, and just couldn’t wait the bottle conditioning time to try my first one. I'll let the rest condition and see how things are after this first taste, but if it keeps getting better then I'll only be happier. Great taste with light honey middle with malty overtones and clean finish. Very good. Also, the oxygen brewery wash and the bottling wand are truly a must for completing your Mr. Beer kit. Both make bottling and cleaning up so so much easier.
    Date published: 2016-10-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Starfeel007 from Nice Beer I made this a few last year and it turned out very nice with a good mouthfeel, good head, and a great taste with a slight honey tint. I will make it again, perhaps with a Lager Yeast. I strongly recommend it.
    Date published: 2019-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by kvillebrewer from A lighter beer that is refreshing. Second time I made this and it turned out better than first time. The first time I made it with clover honey, but as an experiment since I combined leftover orange blossom honey with clover honey. Made for a very pleasant tasting cream ale. Gave it a nice citrus flavor on the back end.
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Johnny Beer from My Best Brew So Far! Wow, this is my best brew so far. Smooth and delicious with a small touch of sweetness from the honey. Less hoppy than the American Lager and a huge hit with family and friends. I highly recommend this recipe and I will definitely make it again.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
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    When do I add the BrewMax LME pale?

    Asked by: Bobert
    The LME packs are basically the same thing as the malt in the cans, just without hops. They go in together after the water has been brought to a boil (Step 2: Brewing, Number 3, on the instructions listed under the product image). Cheers!
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2024-01-07

    what is the recipe for dads cream ale

    Asked by: ronr1945
    If you scroll down below the picture and click on the Instruction tab it will bring it up.
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2024-01-07

    If I add a stick of vanilla, will that add flavor and if so, can I add it when I boil the wort,  or when I move it to the fermenter? Also, will more honey make it sweeter, or are there limits to how it effect the batch? Thank you.

    Asked by: RevSpongeBobSP
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